JICE

JDS China 中国年轻行政人员长期培养支援项目

JICE

JDS中国项目概述大学信息

Nagoya University (National)

Graduate School of Law (GSL)
Nagoya University
Name of Course/Program
“Program for Expanding the Asian Legal Exchange Network”:LL.M.(Comparative Law) Program in Law and Political Science /Department of the Combined Graduate Program in Law and Politics
URL of Course/Program (English)
http://www.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/curriculum/english/
Degrees
Degree of Master of Laws (Comparative Law)
Credit and years needed for graduation
30 credits / two years for completion of the LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program in Law and Political Science

Features of Graduate School

The Graduate School of Law (GSL) is unique from other law faculties in Japan in that it has been engaged in the international cooperation project for the development of legal systems in various Asian countries which has undertaken the transition to a market economy and constitutional and democratic nation-states.

As part of the project and to fulfill our educational and research mission as a leading center of legal and political study in Japan, GSL established in 1999 an educational and training program of an English-taught “LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program in Law and Political Science”. It is aimed for the “Human Resources Development to Contribute to the Asian Technical Legal Assistance.”

The Program developed this Program with the “Training the Next Generation of Top Asian Legalists: from Self-reliance to Networking” Program of 2013-2017, which aimed to strengthen the self-reliance of Asian countries and the legal professional networking among them and to train a future generation of “Asian leaders” in law and politics who can contribute to nation-building through the construction and refinement of legal systems and the provision of education in law. It is expected that the program will create a structure for new networking potential among former students and provide feedback to the Graduate School.

In this way, over the last 20 years, the Graduate School of Law has built an Asian legal network. In 2018, following the above programs and to make the network sustainable, the Comparative Law Program at the Graduate School of Law is remodeled to start the “Program for Expanding the Asian Legal Exchange Network”. This Program aims to train human resources in the legal arena who can develop and expand the Asian Legal Exchange Network.

Under this project, we have accepted JDS participants from the targeted countries of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Myanmar and China so far. The total number of JDS participants of our school is 184 (as of April 2018).

We are proud to count among our graduates, staff of core ministries, judges, public prosecutors, counsel in major corporations, active lawyers and progressive academics of the jurisdictions as independent legal professionals responding to the needs of their time, continuing to be engaged in the building of their nations, fulfilling their important role in this new period as internationally-minded Asian leaders. A network has emerged among these graduates. This has created a structure for finding new talent and for offering active feedback to the faculty of our Graduate School so as to create a diverse and varied academic environment.

With this aim in mind, our Program puts an emphasis on a high level of generalist-training balanced between a curriculum offering fundamental grounding in law and politics through classes conducted in English and the individual guidance of supervisors provided for overseas students from various backgrounds, along with a wealth of extra-curricular supports within the faculty and the University. Each student can immerse themselves in the joys of learning, whilst building strong bonds with fellow students from various nations and regions. In this way we seek to provide the conditions for our students to reach their full potential. Each year, overseas students who join our programs enrich us further by bringing with them the immediate experience of their countries of origin.

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Features of the Course/Program

LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program in Law and Political Science

◆ Objectives

As mentioned above, the Master degree at our school seeks to produce people endowed with high-level general and balanced abilities. The curriculum is constructed around the following elements:
1) A broad and basic training in law and political science, 2) Highly specialized research involving analyses of the situation in the student’s own country with a view to exploring solutions, 3) Studies in the principles of a just market economy, the rule of law, human rights, and democracy conducive to a market economy system, 4) Acquisition of the abilities and techniques needed for theoretical and practical thinking, 5) A system of collective and flexible individual guidance in the independent academic writing and the research methods needed for this, 6) The promotion of comparative research in group discussions with Japanese students.

◆ Features

The distinctive features of our Program are as follows:

  • - Provision of a variety of course options from which students may choose (refer to the courses given below);
  • - Focused instruction in research methods and academic writing through a suite of Academic Writing courses that run the length of the Program in support of the thesis writing process; and
  • - Individual and specialized tutorials with supervisory professors in the subject area of each candidate, in close coordination with the academic writing courses referred to above.
◆ Language

As courses and supervising are conducted in English, competence in the English language is essential. Students are also strongly encouraged to build skills in communication in Japanese both before and after coming to Japan, as it is the most common medium of expression both on campus and in everyday daily life.

◆ Academic Year

The 2018 Academic Year is divided into the autumn term which begins in October 2018 and the spring term which begins in April 2019.

◆ Program of Instruction
  • -The duration of the Program is at least two years.
  • -The Program aims to offer the independent curriculum below so as to train talented legal professionals who will have learned the broad basics of law and politics and have acquired balanced general skills.
  • -The Program is complemented by social activities, student mentorship arrangements, private sector internships, and a set of student-driven cross-national seminars with Japanese students (the Peer Support Initiative). These features of our learning environment reinforce and supplement the opportunities of the traditional academic curriculum in law and politics.
  • -Classroom instruction is enriched through course offerings taught by legal staff from major local corporations and practicing Japanese lawyers.
  • -Optional intensive courses offered between terms further supplement the core curriculum.
  • -Students may also include credits taught at the neighboring Graduate School of International Development (GSID) as part of the overall 30 credits required for their degree. Courses outside the Program but within the scope of the candidate's research interests may also be approved, depending on educational and research requirements.
  • -In addition to the course obligations, students are required to set practical research themes based on systemic topics related to market economic development and to produce theses from a comparative perspective. To progress with their research topic, students will receive individual and specialized tutorials from a supervisor in thesis supervision and at the same time will be offered group and staged guidance from Academic Writing Professors Team through an initial mandatory academic writing semester course followed by two semester-length courses. Thesis writing guidance is a major component of our Program enhancing the abilities for self-initiated research, data collection skills, methods of thinking and analysis.
  • -To supplement supervision by each student's mentor and the core curriculum, special lectures and workshops are provided as part of the JDS special program. These special lectures are given by distinguished scholars from overseas and legal experts in the areas related to the JDS fellows’ selected topics.
  • -Individual tutorials by Japanese law students will be also arranged to support JDS fellows’ study.
  • -Furthermore, extra-curricular study trips are provided in order to give students further insights into the judiciary system, society, culture, history and natural environment in Japan. A topic is set for each study trip and students make comparisons with their own country, offering them an opportunity to consider their country’s present situation.

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Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees

Courses taught through English language for the 2018 academic year (English Course)

◆ Courses taught through English language for the 2018 academic year (Reference)

Subject Course title Credit Instructor (professors) Lecture/ Seminar Targeted students/ Term offered
Academic Writing I [Compulsory] Legal research and writing I 2 Bennett / Matsuura Lecture M1 / Autumn Term
Academic Writing II Legal research and writing II 2 Bennett / Lege Lecture M1/ Spring Term
Academic Writing III Legal research and writing III 2 Frank Bennett Lecture M1 / Autumn Term
Professional Studies in Contemporary Legal Disciplines Comparative Property Law 2 Frank Bennett Lecture M1&M2 / Spring Term
Comparative Studies in Jurisprudence I The Law and its Personnel 2 Morigiwa Yasutomo
(Meiji University)
Seminar M1&M2 / Spring Term
Comparative Studies in Jurisprudence II Uses of the Public Sphere: good practice vs. corruption 2 Morigiwa Yasutomo
(Meiji University)
Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Comparative Studies in Constitutional Law Outline of Modern Constitution 2 Ohkohchi Minori Lecture M1&M2 / Spring Term
Comparative Studies in Administrative Law Introduction to Administrative Law 2 Inaba Kazumasa Lecture M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Professional Studies in International Law Introduction to International Law 2 Yamagata Hideo (GSID) Lecture M1&M2 / Spring Term
Professional Studies in International Human Rights Law I Development and Issues on Law on International Human Rights - the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 2 Maeda Naoko
(Kyoto Women's University)
Lecture M1&M2 / intensive course
Professional Studies in International Human Rights Law II Seminar on Human Rights and Refugee Law 2 Obata Kaoru Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Professional Studies in International Economic Law I Studies in Law on WTO 2 Ishikawa Tomoko (GSID) Lecture M1&M2 / Spring Term
Professional Studies in International Economic Law II Problems of International Economic Law 2 Mizushima Tomonori Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Special Lecture and Seminar (Studies in Comparative private law I) Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration 2 Giorgio Fabio Colombo Seminar M1&M2 / Spring Term
Special Lecture and Seminar (Studies in Comparative private law II) Case Study of International Commercial Arbitration 2 Giorgio Fabio Colombo Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Joint lecture with Study on Private International Law B
Special Lecture and Seminar (Fundamental Studies in Comparative private law A) Recent issues in International Commercial Law 2 Giorgio Fabio Colombo Seminar M1&M2 / Spring Term
Special Lecture and Seminar (Fundamental Studies in Comparative private law B) International Commercial contracts 2 Giorgio Fabio Colombo Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Special Lecture and Seminar (Case Study of International Commercial Arbitration) Case Study of International Commercial Arbitration 2 Giorgio Fabio Colombo/ Yokomizo Dai Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Comparative Studies in Civil Law I Contract Law 2 Kagayama Shigeru (Meiji-gakuin University) Lecture M1&M2 / intensive course
Comparative Studies in Civil Law II Comparative Considerations of Tort Law 2 Kagayama Shigeru (Meiji-gakuin University) Lecture M1&M2 / intensive course
Comparative Studies in Criminal Law Development of national criminal law under the influence of foreign and international law 2 Takayama Kanako
 (Kyoto University)
Lecture M1 / intensive course
Comparative Studies in Judicial System Introduction to the Civil Justice System 2 Nakamura Yoshitaka  (Meiji-gakuin University) Lecture M1&M2 / intensive course
Comparative Studies in Business Law I Corporate Law I 2  Ueda Junko
(Aichi University)
Lecture M1&M2 / intensive course /Biennial opening of a course
Comparative Studies in Business Law II Corporate Law II 2   Lecture M1&M2 /intensive course /Biennial opening of a course/
not open for 2018
Comparative Studies in Politics I Modernization of Japan 2   Lecture M1&M2 / Spring&Autumn Term/
not open for 2018
Comparative Studies in Politics II Japanese Diplomacy and International Politics 2  Miura Satoshi Lecture M1&M2 / Spring Term
Comparative Studies in Public Administration   2 Arami Reiko Lecture M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Comparative Studies in Political Thought History of political theories 2   Lecture M1&M2 / Autumn Term/
not open for 2018
Special Research I [Compulsory] Tutorials 4 Each supervisor (main advisor) Tutorials M1/ One-year
Special Research II [Compulsory] Tutorials 4 Each supervisor (main advisor) Tutorials M2/ One-year
Special Lecture and Seminar  (Business Law and Practices) Corporate Legal Practices 1   Lecture/
Seminar/
Practice
M1&M2 / Autumn Term/
not open for 2018
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Workshop on International Negotiation)
Workshop on International Negotiation 2 Frank Bennett Lecture/
Seminar /Practice
M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Japanese Judicial Institutions)
Japanese Judicial Institutions 2 Ogawa, Hayakawa, Oda, Yamaguchih (Attorneys from Aichi Bar Association) Lecture M1/ Autumn Term
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Japanese Legal System)
Structure of Japanese Law 2 Matsuo You Lecture M1&M2 / Spring Term
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Japanese Law and Society)
Japanese Law and Society 2 Harada Ayako Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Private International Law)
Introduction to Private International Law 2   Lecture M1 / Autumn Term/
not open for 2018
Special Lecture and Seminar
(International Environmental Law)
  2 Takamura Yukari (Graduate School of Environmental Studies) Seminar M1&M2 / Spring Term
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Introduction to the Japanese Litigation)
Introduction to the Japanese Litigation 2 Honma Yasunori
(Waseda University)
Lecture M1&M2/ intensive course
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Comparative Law and Politics Seminars II)
Peer Support Initiative (Comparative Law and Politics Seminars II) 2 Sato Fumito Seminar M1&M2 / Spring Term
Special Lecture and Seminar
(Intellectual Property Law)
International/Japanese Intellectual Property Law 2 Suzuki Masabumi Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term
Special Lecture and Seminar (Foreign Law Special Seminar I) Global Tort (K.H.A.N Summer School) 2 Fujimoto Akira Seminar M1&M2 / Intensive course
Special Lecture and Seminar (Foreign Law Special Seminar II) International Negotiations (K.H.A.N Summer School) 1 Fujimoto Akira Seminar M1&M2 / Intensive course
Research of East Asian Law I A East Asian Comparative Law 2 Kuong Teilee Seminar M1&M2 / Intensive course
Research of East Asian Law I B East Asian Comparative Law 2 Kuong Teilee Seminar M1&M2 / Intensive course
Research of East Asian Law II A East Asian “Jus Commune” 2 Ichihashi Katsuya Seminar M1&M2 / Spring Term
Research of East Asian Law II B East Asian “Jus Commune” 2 Obata Kaoru Seminar M1&M2 / Autumn Term

Note:

The academic year of 2018 begins in April 1, 2018 and ends in March 31, 2019.

  • * Spring Term (spring term): April 1-September 30/ Autumn Term (autumn term): October 1-March 31
  • * One course for two credits holds 15 classes (90 minutes each).
  • * One intensive course holds 15 classes (90 minutes per class) for 3-4 days.
  • * GSID indicates 'Graduate School of International Development' of Nagoya University
  • * The outline of the lectures and seminars has been uploaded on the ‘Syllabus System.’ Access the Syllabus System with the User ID and Password provided by the faculty office.

You can also access through the page of ‘Academic Programs’ on the GSL website: (http://www.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/).

Courses Offered for the Completion of the Program for Leading Graduate Schools
[The Graduate School of Law introduced the "Cross-Border Legal Institution Design" program under the MEXT Program for Leading Graduate Schools (2011-2017). The following courses are offered as continuous development and improvement of the program. These (except some courses) are offered to both those who wish to receive the official recognition of the completion of the Program for Leading Graduate Schools and all the students of Nagoya University Graduate School of Law.]

Subject Course title Credit Instructor (professors) Lecture/ Seminar Targeted students/
Term offered
Project Management I   2 (TBD) Lecture M1/Autumn
TBD for 2018
A Introduction to Joint Research on Comparative Study of Law   2 Yokomizo/McGinty Lecture M1/Autumn
Required to choose either 603 or 604
Comparative Politics
Workshop
  2 Takeda/Westra Lecture M1/Autumn
Required to choose either 603 or 604
Legal Transplantation   2 Ichihashi Lecture M1/Spring
Omnibus
Joint Research Workshop I   2 Colombo/Yokomizo
McGinty
Seminar M1/Spring
Compulsory
Joint Research Workshop II   2 Colombo/Yokomizo
McGinty
Seminar M2/Autumn
Compulsory
Seminar in International Law and Politics I   4 Supervisor Seminar M1/Intensive
Summer internship
Special Lecture and Seminar Legal Transformation in Japan during the Early Period of the Allied Occupation 1 Obata Lecture M1, M2/Autumn
Special Lecture and Seminar Asian Family Law 1 Ito Lecture M1/Autumn
Project Management II   2 (TBD) Lecture D1/Autumn
TBD for 2018
Leading Program Academic Writing II   2 (TBD) Lecture D1/Autumn
TBD for 2018
Joint Research Workshop III Organizing a workshop 4 Colombo/Yokomizo
McGinty
Seminar D1/Intensive
Seminar in International Law
and Politics II
  4 Supervisor Seminar D1/Intensive
Summer internship

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List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows and their Research Specialities

  • - All professors on the following list can guide JDS China Fellows.
    For details, please visit the website of GSL "FACULTY".
  • - The main advisor of each JDS student will be decided before enrolment in our school.

*Please see the List of faculty members

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Academic Schedule

Graduate School of Law 2018 - 2019 GSL Calendar for October entrants
Date Targeted students Event & things to-do
Month Day
September 5 M1 Main supervisor decided
September   M1 Registration at the ward office
September   M1 Academic guidance / IT guidance / insurance, bicycle, immigration guidance / university-wide-guidance/ Japanese language course registration
September Two weeks M1 Two-weeks English language training
September The end of the month M1 Moving into university residence
October 1   Entrance ceremony
October 2 M1 Classes start for Autumn term
October 3 M1 Course registration (to October 16)
October M1 ID students card issued
October M1 Medical check-up
October   M1 GSL (Graduate School of Law) Welcome Party for new international students
November 30 M1 Submission of Study plan and Registration form
December 28 Winter holidays (to January 7)
January 2019 11 M1 Classes restart and ends on January 25
February Middle or End of this month Ski Training Trip to the National Norikura Youth Friendship Center (optional)
April   M1 Classes start for Spring term
April M1 Course registration
April M1 Sub supervisors decided
April M1 Medical check-up
May M1 Submission of Master’s thesis writing plan
August Summer holidays (to September 30)
August M1 Submission of Mid-term thesis progress report
August to September   M1 Intensive lectures (credits offered)
September Not decided   Field trip (not confirmed)

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Facilities (ex: Library, PCs, Gymnasium etc.)

Accommodation:  Nagoya University Dormitories for International Students
Newly enrolled students from abroad are generally accommodated in one of the five university international residences: Foreign Students House (Ryugakusei Kaikan), International Residence Higashiyama, International Residence Yamate, International Ohmeikan, and Ishida Memorial International Residence Myoken
The period of residency in each residence is basically limited to six months, for the number of international students greatly exceeds the capacity available.
For further information of housings for international students at Nagoya University, visit the following of webpage:
http://en.nagoya-u.ac.jp/academics/campus_life/housing/index.html

Law Library:
The Law Library placed in our School contains approximately 257,542 volumes of books in the field of law and political science, including approximately 109,083 volumes in foreign languages. An additional 1,101 Japanese issued periodicals and 744 foreign periodicals of our school are available in the University Central Library. The Law School Library, along with other satellite collections within the University, is covered by OPAC system and, for older books, the comprehensive card catalog housed in the Central Library. The strong point for our graduate students is that all graduate students get free unlimited use of LEXIS-NEXIS, a cutting edge Legal Research database.

Computerized Service:
WirelessInternet access is available for all students on campus. When registered and enrolled in our university, the students will be provided the Nagoya University ID which will give them a key to connect to the Nagoya University Wireless Network.

The University Library: 
The University Library, which processes all library materials and maintains the union catalog of all books in the university, offers circulation and reference services, including inter-library loan, photocopying, and computer-based information retrieval. Circulation is managed by an ID card system and book detection system. For language education and other educational and research purposes, the University Library has access to satellite TV channels, including CNN news, CCTV, and KBS. The Central Library contains 1,000 reading desks in the open-stack area. Group study rooms, a seminar room, an information corner, and an audio-visual room are also available. For further information, please visit the webpage:
http://en.nagoya-u.ac.jp/about_nu/admin/sch/deta/nul.html

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Advice for our Graduate School Applicants

Within your application, the Research Proposal is of critical importance to the admission decision. The application will be the basis of the initial document screening; but beyond that, it will play an important role in shaping the interview for applicants who reach the final stage which can have a determinative effect both on the selection.

Accordingly, you are well advised to take particular care in the drafting of the Research Proposal within the framework of the issues of the JDS project in China. It should describe your interests, research objectives and originality distinctively, clearly, concisely, and well-reasoned. When reviewing your Research Proposal or conducting interviews, the following factors will be at the forefront of our thinking:

  • 1) Is there evidence of sufficient foundation knowledge and research skill to begin work on substantive research immediately upon entering into study in the Graduate School? The reviewers will be concerned with both general knowledge in the field of law and specialized skills and knowledge necessary to the proposed topic. Are you familiar with the major scholars in the area? Are you aware of recent trends? Do you have a sense of the key issues in the area, and are you able to relate them to a larger context?
  • 2) Is there a clear, concise, and meaningful research topic? Setting the purpose and objective of a project is one of the most difficult tasks in research. It is extremely important that you show sufficient knowledge, sense of direction, and receptiveness to good advice to convince the reviewer that you know your way around the subject, where you want to go with it, and how to get there.
  • 3) Is the topic a good fit for research in Japan? While your proposed topic may concern international matters, or the laws of third countries, the reviewers will be looking for connections with Japan, and specific ways in which the topic you have chosen is a good fit for this research environment.
  • 4) Is there knowledge of the Japan’s situation? Do you know the basic outlines of Japanese law, politics and public administration? What is Japan's position or experience within your topic area? It is important that you show this knowledge, obviously; the reviewers will look for it in your application. At interview, they are likely to pose questions in more detail than what you have written in your application.
  • 5) Suitability for supervision
    Have you investigated us? Information on our Program and our staff are available on the World Wide Web. Members of our faculty publish their articles and books in English, Japanese and other languages. Projects, research seminars, conferences and symposia take place in our faculty. You should be aware of our work. You should also familiarize yourself with the work of members of our faculty who specialize in your chosen area.
    Please refer to the profile of our professors* and the Publicaions** page of the website of our school.
    The Publications* link under the Directory heading of our website offers a sampling of recent faculty publications, organized by topic area. Refer to these listings for guidance on the topic areas for which the faculty can provide supervision. Proposals that are beyond the scope of research within the faculty, however strong in other respects, may be screened from consideration.
    *https://www.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/directory/staff/
    **https://www.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/directory/publications/

In closing, we would stress that, whatever the result; your choice to apply to our Program presents an opportunity for learning and personal growth. We encourage you to do your best in preparation and challenge the application process with skill and effort.

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